Title GEO Skills Plus
Project Number 2013-1-NL1-LEO05-12278
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Twenty years ago, a lost driver would have driven his car to the side of the road and looked for a map hidden in the glove compartment. Today he can quickly ask his smart phone for directions. This is due to the rapid development of geographic information technologies (GEO).
There is a growing need for well-trained students at all levels – vocational, bachelors, masters - in the GEO field. The European GEO labour market has many jobs but the GEO education community can not keep up pace, not producing enough qualified graduates.
Many European countries are struggling with the challenges of linking geospatial vocational education and training (VET) to labour market needs. There is a growing demand in the EU labour market for an adequate number of well-trained VET students in fields of land surveying, mapping data collection, storage processing, delivering, and turning data into information. In order to tackle these issues, The Netherlands established the Geo Employment Market Foundation (SAGEO) in 2008. This foundation has had much success.
SAGEO is a broad consortium of public & private GEO partners. They completed a market study in 2008 that revealed that professions using geo-spatial technologies had a rather "dull" image and were therefore not attracting enough students. The study also revealed that GEO-related course curricula should innovate towards embedding and using modern technologies and interfaces.
- SAGEO launched a successful GO GEO campaign to promote GEO (VET) education and increase student enrolment (at all levels – vocational, bachelor, masters).
- SAGEO convinced five Dutch universities to collaborate and write a basic geographic information course "GI Minor" (25 students 1st Semester September 2012, 31 students 2nd Semester September 2013).
- SAGEO created GeoPlaza, a high tech web portal offering a platform the academic community including GEO students to meet with potential employers in order to find internships, starter jobs, invite as special guests and more.
This project will combine the experiences in the Netherlands with experiences in other European countries including Belgium, Bulgaria, and Lithuania in order to define and tackle the mismatch between the GEO labour market and the GEO education community throughout Europe.
Description The project will host many activities such as workshops, roundtables, surveys and desk-top studies, where the European GEO community will be involved. If you wish to be kept informed about the development of this project, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
program or curricula
The GEO VET Skills Plus project starts on October 1st 2013 and will carry out the following objectives in Belgium, Bulgaria and Lithuania:
1. Identify and set up a Cooperation Model to offer optimal solutions for the mismatch between GEO jobs and qualified graduates.
2. Indentify and set up optimal ways to Raise Awareness of GEO studies and increase student enrolment.
3. Identify to which extent a gap exists between the supply of GEO jobs and the demand for qualified graduates, and set up ways to bridge the gap (in today’s rapidly advancing technological times).